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  1. Is Anna and the King (or The King and I) a True Story?
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  3. The English Governess at the Siamese Court by Anna Harriette Leonowens
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PDF | This paper explores the relationship between food and national identity Anna and the King of Siam (), which was based on Anna. Editorial Reviews. Review. “An inviting escape into an unfamiliar, exotic past. Ms. Landon's is Anna and the King of Siam by [Landon, Margaret]. Kindle App Ad. Anna Leonowens, a proper Englishwoman, was an unlikley candidate to change the course of Siamese (Thai) history. A young widow and mother, her services.

Jone Johnson Lewis has a Master of Divinity, and is a humanist clergy member and certified transformational coach. She has been involved in the women's movement since the late s. Does popular culture accurately represent the historical reality of this woman's life story, or of the kingdom of Thailand's history? Jodie Foster stars in this version of Anna Leonowens. Orientalism is a form of essentialism: ascribing characteristics to a culture and assuming that they are part of the static essence of that people, rather than a culture that evolves. The musical was adapted for a film. It is probably not accidental that the newer versions of this, from the novel to the later stage productions and movies, came when the relationship between the west and the east was of high interest in the west, as World War II ended and western images of what "the East" represented might reinforce ideas of western superiority and the importance of western influence in "advancing" Asian cultures.

Jone Johnson Lewis has a Master of Divinity, and is a humanist clergy member and certified transformational coach. She has been involved in the women's movement since the late s. Does popular culture accurately represent the historical reality of this woman's life story, or of the kingdom of Thailand's history?

Jodie Foster stars in this version of Anna Leonowens. Orientalism is a form of essentialism: ascribing characteristics to a culture and assuming that they are part of the static essence of that people, rather than a culture that evolves.

The musical was adapted for a film. It is probably not accidental that the newer versions of this, from the novel to the later stage productions and movies, came when the relationship between the west and the east was of high interest in the west, as World War II ended and western images of what "the East" represented might reinforce ideas of western superiority and the importance of western influence in "advancing" Asian cultures.

The musicals, in particular, came at a time when America's interest in Southeast Asia was increasing.

Is Anna and the King (or The King and I) a True Story?

Some have suggested that the underlying theme -- a primitive Eastern kingdom confronted by and literally schooled by a more rational, reasonable, educated West -- helped lay the groundwork for America's growing involvement in Vietnam. Nineteenth Century Popularity That novel, in turn, is based on the reminiscences of Anna Leonowens herself.

A widow with two children, she wrote that she had served as governess or tutor to the sixty-four children of King Rama IV or King Mongkut. Upon returning to the West first the United States, later Canada , Leonowens, as had many women before her, turned to writing to support herself and her children. But this. This was contemptible. Morgan describes the meeting, in in London, between Anna and her granddaughter Anna Fyshe and the year-old King Chulalongkorn.

Why did you do it? What truth? That was, of course, the year in which The Romance of the Harem was published. The Romance of the Harem included many events that were completely false, and of course she knew it. For example, palace ladies of the era might be punished in cruel ways.

Anna Leonowens was obsessed with the lives of the women who lived in the Inner Palace. Although she had a house of her own and friends among the missionary community, and among the British diplomats resident in Bangkok, Morgan believes that Anna spent most of her time with the palace women and their children, and I agree. It was her job to do so, but she developed close relationships with several of them that went well beyond the terms of her teaching contract.

That last event so enraged Anna that she wrote about it. The tales of life in the Inner Palace that Anna narrated were combinations of her own observations, stories she had heard from palace ladies, some very well known but mostly apocryphal tales told by Westerners in Bangkok, and completely fictional events that it seemed to her might well have happened.

Summing up, Morgan presents Anna as very knowledgeable about the life of the Inner Palace, but also quite willing to invent terrible incidents, in order to teach her audience of readers that all human beings, women as well as men, deserve to be free, to make their own choices about their lives, and to be treated with both fairness and kindness. Aside from being a gifted storyteller, Anna was always a teacher.

Morgan operates without any Thai language. Nevertheless, some of her definitions and descriptions of the Inner Palace and of the women who lived there are not correct. Women had to fill all posts there, many of them doing work that customarily would have been done by men in the outside world. Because of the great number of children born to Mongkut, and to his father and grandfather as well, another sizeable segment of the Inner Palace population was comprised of the sisters, daughters, cousins, and other female relatives of these kings.

Their households were capacious and busy. They required bevies of servants and attendants, many of whom were slaves.

Bombay Anna goes on to examine the relationship between sexual servitude, prostitution, and slavery in Siam. Anna knew the famous Dr. Dan Beach Bradley, physician and publisher, quite well. And Mrs.

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Stephen Mattoon, a prominent missionary wife, became a life-long friend. Clearly, Mrs. The missionaries in Siam had a very difficult time of it. The majority of Christians in Thailand then, as now were members of the Chinese, Vietnamese, or other minority groups.

King Mongkut once remarked to his friend Dr.

The English Governess at the Siamese Court by Anna Harriette Leonowens

There can be no doubt that the king set the tone for the general Thai attitude toward Christianity. In short, the king made it clear that Thais were to treat the missionaries with respect and gratitude for the educational gifts they were so eager to share. Nothing could have been more deadly to the aims of the missionaries than this scrupulously polite contempt on the part of the revered king, who had been a Buddhist scholar-monk for twenty-seven years before ascending the throne.

There was nothing for a Thai to gain—socially, materially, or spiritually—from abandoning Buddhism and embracing Christianity.

Is Anna and the King (or The King and I) a True Story?

And what did the king realize from the bargain? He had not been without access to enthusiastic English-speaking tutors for his children, for the wives of the missionaries were ever eager to serve.

But he detested their constant proselytizing. They would agree to teach the children the subjects he wanted them to learn but instead teach them Christian hymns and Bible verses. She had not only been born in the East but spent her childhood among Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindus and was well aware that the English Christians, though they had more public power, were not an inherently superior race.

Anna was not an English lady. She was a fake. It was strict, unbending, and contemptuous of Buddhism, frightening people with images of hell and damnation if they refused to convert. Not only the Thais, but other Westerners backed away from the doctrinaire and judgmental missionaries, who would turn down invitations to the Palace, or to the homes of aristocrats, if the event might include a theatrical performance or dancing.

The entire Western, or farang community in mid-nineteenth century Siam was much smaller than one might think; it numbered only twenty or so in , when Mongkut succeeded to the throne, and fewer than a hundred fifty when he died in It was hardly a homogeneous group, being divided into merchants, temporary visitors mostly sailors , missionaries mostly American , and consular people who often were recruited from one of the other groups.

Of these four groups, Morgan writes that Anna had most in common with the missionaries, although her writings would reveal that she did not share their world-view.

And she certainly did not share their objectives. Wiser, nobler, and purer than whom? This seems highly unlikely. She did not need free-thinking New Yorkers to help her formulate her ideas about racial and cultural stereotyping or discrimination.

Clearly, these were ideas about which Anna and her husband Tom, barely subsisting on the fringes of empire in the s, shared passionate and hard-earned opinions. She lived most of those years in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren, except for five years when Anna and Avis took the children to Germany. Anna thought that they would there receive a superior education at less cost than they could in North America.

What is most interesting, to the reader who can read between the lines, is how fondly and positively she writes about the Indians, their culture and religions. And her attitude toward the British Empire is also very clear. Just as she had made it plain, in a more or less polite way, that the Protestant missionaries in Siam were sanctimonious racial bigots, her kind-hearted friend Mrs.

Mattoon notwithstanding, in this book she fixed her gaze on British imperialists. Anna remained creative and busy, studying and lecturing and publishing articles on education and social justice, until, at the age of eighty, she suffered a stroke and became blind and bed-ridden.

The last three years of her life must have been terrible for a woman so active, and so devoted to reading. She died at the age of eighty-three, in He had considerable influence on U. Margaret, who had run a Christian school in the southern Thai province of Trang while Kenneth travelled to spread the gospel, had always wanted to be a writer. She had also longed to live in a way that was socially and economically superior to the kind of life that she and Kenneth endured as missionaries.

In short, she wanted gracious living, respect, and money. Whether she would have been delighted with any of what happened can never be known: I suspect that Anna Leonowens would have had interesting thoughts about a missionary wife who used The English Governess and The Romance of the Harem in the pursuit of her own fame and fortune, all the way to a Hollywood musical that would have stupefied the Bradleys and the Mattoons.

Bombay Anna is an ambitious, engaging, informative work of scholarship, one that is hard not to rate a genuine success. First, it really deserves a far better title and sub-title. But it is neither appealing nor successful in giving any idea of the sort of book that this one really is. Surely, she could have made more apt comparisons to Anna Leonowens than Judy Garland.

They do not want to hear or read about the desperate circumstances under which she created a new identity, her motivations in writing the books, her life-long friendships with Thai women, or her life after Siam. It was the stage plays and films that produced the images of King Mongkut that Thais find most heinous: the shirtless dancing king appeared, to Thai eyes, as a fool of a character in a calumny of a theatrical production. I have pointed this out to quite a few Thais, but they are not interested.

Morgan could have also organized Bombay Anna better. Its presentation of events is frequently confusing. Tangential information overwhelms some very important events, and the narration slides back and forth in time.

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